“It’s a very simple song, It’s not super advanced.” Co-writer and producer Payami told Billboard Magazine. The Weeknd revealed that he wrote this song in 40 minutes not knowing it will be this big. It is a burst of creative energy, in an interview with Zone Lower for Beats 1 he said: “It was the fastest song I had written on Beauty behind the Madness. It was one of the last records. It almost didn’t make the record. We wrote that in about maybe 40 minutes, recorded it, and it ended up being one of my biggest records ever.” He then added: “‘Can’t Feel My Face’ definitely made me nervous because it was so separate from what I’m used to putting out. It was a risk, but doing songs like ‘Earned It’ and ‘Love Me Harder’ definitely I think ‘Love Me Harder’ was even more nervous for me, so doing that I was kind of sending a message and kind of easing into ‘Can’t Feel My Face.'” The Weeknd talked about writing this song with American hitmaker Savan Kotecha and the Swedish songwriters and producers Max Martin, Peter Svensson and Ali. H. In an interview with Billboard Magazine, he said: “I was sitting in a room with Savan, Abel, Max, and Peter,” Payami. I had been listening to some modern, disco-y influenced tracks and we started jamming. It was very natural; there wasn’t a moment like, ‘I have an idea, let’s do this!’ It just came together. Rumors has it that this song is about cocaine, “I can’t feel my face” is a line from the Johnny Depp’s 2001 movie ‘Blow’. Simply, The Weeknd is cannot stop something despite knowing that it isn’t good for him. This song could be simulating the erratic feeling the drug induces.
Release Date: June 5, 2015
Songwriter/s: Ali Payami – Savan Kotecha – Max Martin – Abel Tesfaye – Peter Svensson.
Label: XO – Republic
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R7B/Hip-Hop Songs, Mainstream Top 40 and US Rhythmic Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it 6 times Platinum for sales over 6 million copies. In the UK, it was number 1 on the Official Charts Company. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified Double Platinum for sales over 1.2 million copies. Around the world, the song topped the charts in several countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. ‘Can’t feel my face’ reached the top 10 charts in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. It was certified 6 times Platinum in Sweden, Quadruple Platinum in Australia, Triple Platinum in New Zealand and Poland, Double Platinum in Italy, Denmark, and Spain. In Belgium and Norway it was certified Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd was 25 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Charlie Puth – Walk Of The Earth – Nicole Cross – Our Last Night Band – Megan Nicole – Alessia Cara – Devvon Terrell – Andie Case – Jared Grant (The Voice of Holland) – Corey Gray – The Amity Affliction – Savannah Outen – Agustin Bernasconi – Alex Aiono – Madilyn Bailey – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.